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The Upper Skena

Craig and I are touring northern BC as part of a short visit to the area. This is perhaps the one area of our territory I am unfamiliar with so I’ve been looking forward to this visit.

We visited three corps today – and met some of the local leaders. We also visited a local school where we were welcomed into a grade 2/3 classroom – the teacher is a soldier of the nearby corps.

The scenery is gorgeous – as is by chance the weather – and the people have been warm and welcoming.

A few photos follow:

Terrace BC

Terrace Corps – artwork on a wall

Upper Skena Circuit – each corps has a bell to signal the village

From 1890

Visitng the school – in time for a fire drill !!

In te classroom

The Corps flag

Hazelton Corps

Craig down by the Skena River

Flying  into Terrace on  Thursday

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Ice Road – Yellowknife

 Looking out on the lake

These photos are from March 31, 2008, and a visit to Yellowknife.  This part of the world is very pretty – a harsh climate that shines when the sun comes out and the snow gleams!  The sky can be very blue here.  We had time to go explore the ice road just outside of Yellowknife.  The ice is thick – to say the least – of course trucks are on it.

The ice is dark too as you gaze into the deep water.  Beneath the ice is some big fish – I love Artic Char though I’ve never done any ice fishing up here. 
The Ice Road begins
From 2007 to 2011 I travelled a fair amount in the north – and I really came to love this part of Canada.  I enjoy the people of the north too.  They are the present day pioneers – they love a challenge and have hearts ready for adventure.  When I talk to people in “the south” they sound like they are afraid of the north.  
True the winters are long – the days dark, but equally during summer the days are long!  Very long.
I’m so glad to have had this opportunity and am grateful for how this has informed my view of Canada.

There’s an Ice Castle on the Lake

Houseboat in the Ice

Walking on the Lake

Cold but sunny – we love it!

Wendy grabbing a photo by the road

Looking thru the ice road

How thick is that?

Walking on the road

Here comes an Ice Road Trucker!

These are wide highways

512 km from the Arctic Circle

We’re in Yellowknife today.  Yellowknife is 512 km south of the Artic Circle and when we arrived yesterday they were having a bit of a heat wave at minus 7.   We were assured by Dale that Yellowknife weather would be back and before the day was out sure enough we found ourselves walking down the street to our hotel in very cold, very snowy weather.  By the way if you’ve bought a Canadian diamond it likely came from here.

You might remember this is where I was in May when my retina detached.  So far so good.

I’ve come to really love the north – I would say I’ve grown protective of our work here though it is a challenging place for us to operate.  Funding is always an issue, retaining personnel keeps us on our toes and the need seems to outstrip our abiltiy to provide service.

If you read this and have a moment remember our people and our work here in the north.  Speaking of prayer one of our session mates, Anne, has been diagnosed with cancer and it has moved into her bones.  She is our age…so she’s not old…so we have been remembering her in prayer.  Would you?

Off to face the elements and to enjoy a day speaking on faith and friends!